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Assessment in grade 1-3 can take the form of anecdotal notes, rubrics, checklists, and others, but one I see being relevant and rewarding is a personal portfolio.  Teachers can collect work samples and place them into the portfolio and students to can contribute their own works as well. Find window washing.

Over the last few years I changed how I collected information to tell a story.  The process of collecting information for me had to be organzied, the information I was assessing needed to be on hand, and I needed to be able to track all of my students.

Some examples; For guided reading groups in primary I used a simple table chart with students names inside the boxes and recorded next steps.  I also used a file folder with index cards that could be easily moved as they progressed in guided reading.  I would record book titles, next steps and left and move as necessary. One idea I did really like was something my students would use along side with me as a record of goal setting for reading.  I cut a regular notebook in half, recorded their name on the front and each time they were called to read with me I would note their running record in the book, we would discuss a goal to work on for independent reading, and they would keep it in their desk to refer to as they worked.  I kept photocopying to a minimum and it was a great conferencing tool.

The article above outlines some ideas on how to begin a portfolio about students, but in the primary grades they can have a say as to what work can be inserted.  The information in the book should tell a story and show growth and development in their learning over time. In Kindergarten, I have organized binders for each of my children with worksamples, learning stories, documentation from different aspects of the cirriculum.  I work to ensure that a variety of pictures are in the portfolio that tell a story as well.  Due to printing costs, it is entirely up to the teacher to decide what is relevant, but pictures do tell a thousand words and it is a nice keep sake to show some exciting learning opportunities that they can talk about when they see a photo.

In the primary grades reading and writing portfolios are often used to story work samples and work in progress.  I created covers, a word list, rubric or success criteria and stop and start labels for inside a double pocket folder that can be purchased at staples and I laminate them to keep for the whole year. 


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